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Planet Eclipse ETEK5
- Great air efficiency due to 85 PSI Bolt action
- Lightweight Marker despite the sturdy build quality
- Ideal Speedball Marker
- Modifications will not come cheap
- Very air efficient
- Quick battery charge
- Easy Maintenance
Even if you're not feeding this marker HQ paint, it still fires like a laser. We have dabbled with it for a few weeks now and have had absolutely no issues with it. No problems what so ever, nothing damaged, zero. Very well performing in all game modes we used it on (Speedball and Woodsball mainly).
The only potential downside (minor) on the marker we could possibly find, was the trigger, It's not bad by any means, but you will have to adjust it to your liking/preference. Once set up appropriately it will definitely perform on par with some of the best markers on the market. Probably one of the best mid-range markers right now in our opinion.
- Perfect for beginners
- Low maintenance
- Great value for the price
- Prone to Co2 leakage - can be fixed with maintenance though
- The hopper lid is very finicky
- Cyclone Feeding system
- E-Grip with 3 different fire modes (semi/ fully automatic)
- Great build quality and durability
- Air efficiency is not the best, makes you burn through Co2 quickly
The A5 provides another great feature, the threaded barrel. Easily replace and or switch out the barrel with another one to your desire. Further, including the cyclone loading system straight out of the box, you will have no trouble loading in the heat of the battle.
This is a good Marker for Intermediate Paintballers, well worth the money. Very good value for the price and full feature set.
Great accuracy, high rate of fire and decent range make this a very solid intermediate choice marker. This one will tackle all scenarios or game modes with ease, however, it definitely shines with Woodsball or Milsim/Recball gameplay modes.
A very solid choice as entry level or intermediate player marker.
- Very durable and quality build
- Great Trigger for this pricing point
- The barrel could use improvement. Upgrade kit suggested for pro's
Depending on the level of skill you are playing, we do however recommend to upgrade the barrel. Lurker's Eigenbarrel or Eigenbolt are solid upgrades that will make this Paintball Marker even better.
The board handling on this marker is probably one of its biggest downsides, which we do not consider grave by any means. It's rather inconvenient and simply could be improved upon. If you are a serious Woodsball player you probably want to upgrade this as well. There are great options for this available.
- Highly durable and sturdy despite the small size
- Due to the size its perfect for kids getting into the sport
- The high rate of fire is great for competitive gameplay
- Very small recoil due to lightweight
- Air efficient
- smaller leakage of HPA while using it after a while, nothing drastic though (comparable to other models leaking). Can be fixed with some maintenance and replacement of o-rings.
Due to the weight and size, this Paintball Marker offers superior control and accuracy. It is perfect for beginners and intermediates that want serious performance. On top of it all, it's moddable and you can heavily customize the gun. Be prepared to open the wallet through - the addons do not come cheap!
- Self-calibrating loader speed sensor
- Insane rate of fire
- Hopper inside the stock allows for an increased field of view and handling
- Special Hopper hold smaller amounts of ammunition, more frequent reloads necessary
- Due to the stock's design, you need a riser for a sight
However, for certain Milsim and Scenario plays it definitely has some great potential. Having an opponent pinned down and laying on suppressing fire they will not move an inch. The accuracy is surprisingly great for a gun that fires this quickly. Tool-less disassembly and maintenance is the cherry on the top. If you can afford this baby and have use for its application, you will not regret your purchase.
Overview Paintball Gun Reviews
Paintball Air System
There are two main types of air systems used in Paintball, to provide your marker with the
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Systems
Used by mostly recreational and hobby players. The tank and bottle sizes attached to your marker will
High-Pressure Air (HPA) Systems
Professional players looking to improve their performance opt for HPA technology, also known as nitrogen systems. HPA will get you higher accuracy and less weight, thus providing more capacity for smaller bottle size. The downside is that this high-performance system is less spread on Paintball Fields and filling up your bottles will be hard. You have to plan for this when considering
- A capacity of approx. 1000 - 1200 shorts per bottle fill
- Carbon and or aluminum casings available
- Many color options are available - mix and match to the rest of your gear
- Tank capacity lasts for 2-3 rounds of gameplay without refill necessary
- Good regulator with almost no leakage
Select any kind of Hopper Feeder that suits your need for capacity and reload speed. Also
- Lid enables very fast loading and emptying
- No tool maintenance and access
- Very gentle on the Paintballs and no jams in our review
- Very fast feed rate with over 50 rounds /sec possible
- Tool-less maintenance makes for easy handling
- The low profile design provides an unobstructed view
- Very fast loading speed coupled with fire rate gives exceptional performance
- No jam with feeder what so ever in our review even though the very fast feeder
- Rain lid or speed feed included right out of the box
- Virtue offers great support - we asked some questions to configuration and got a response within hours (e-mail)
- Steep price
Paintball Barrel Upgrades
Step up your game with improving your performance by adding an aftermarket barrel to your marker. Choose from different lengths and bores (inside diameters). Average is 12-18 inches. Choose the bore according to the Paintballs you want to use. Most common is the .68 caliber bore size.
- Lightweight carbon does not restrict mobility at all
- Surgical grade stainless steel is unbelievable durable, almost indestructible
- 14" aluminum ported tip is very sturdy but lightweight, provides great accuracy
Paintball Guns and the different Game Modes
Primary factors are what kind of playstyle or game style you are into, what experience you have and what your budget allows. Having the best paintball marker for only a few casual plays per year is not necessary. The decision is up to you, however, to buy whatever you dig! After all, right gear can make the difference between a win or a loss! Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of the reviews.
By far the most important factor on your purchase should be the preferred type of Paintball you are interested. If you are planning to go the route of a professional player you probably intend to stick to one game mode and master that. You would buy gear highly adapted to that particular game mode.
However, if you’re more of a casual player down to play various game types and modes, you would be instead advised to buy general purpose equipment. There’s great gear that will shine in different environments rather than very specialized guns.
Woodsball or Bushball Paintball Guns
Woodsball Paintball refers to outdoor field combat in the woods. Running in the underwood and hugging trees for cover, you will want a marker with good range and stock for added accuracy. Topping it off you could even add a barrel extender for even more range. Throw in a red dot sight, and you have an excellent fully fledged woodsball marker.
Another variant of Woodsball is the so-called “Scenario Games.” There are well-known examples such as “Cousins Big Game,” Hell Survivors Monster Game, Invasion of Normandy and Oklahoma D-Day. They refer to large-scale fights with players ranging from 2000 up to 4500 participants and can last from a few days up to a whole week.
Milsim and RecBall Paintball Guns
Recball is a game mode that is played mainly indoors with bunkers and big urban structures. In this environment, you would favor rather compact markers with high firing rate to blast around the corners and covers. Recball is combining different playstyles, such as the tactical nature of Milsim and Woodsball with the more compact fields and the cover based speedball shooting. This is the ideal beginners game mode as you can experience all the different aspects there are to this sport and recreational hobby.
Speedball Paintball Guns
Speed is the name of the game in the speedball game mode. You want the highest rate of fire as opposed to
Electronic or Mechanical Paintball Guns
There’s mainly two different firing systems, the mechanical system or the electro-pneumatic one. Both have their advantages that you should consider when you are in for buying Paintball Gear. Electronic systems use a 9volt battery as opposed to siphoning some extra gas to fuel the mechanical trigger. Electronic triggers provide lots of burst, and you can adjust for semi or fully automatic modes. Professional Paintballers usually go with Electronic Trigger systems.
Mechanical systems still have a very specific appeal to them. They are easier to maintain and can be optimal entry level gear for beginners. Mostly they are cheaper and can be easier to operate. No batteries or electronics to keep charged and operational.